A real team effort

Volunteers from Bills Team (l-r) Donna Watts, Kala Wagner, Jai Singhand Beth Drew with Bill.

Bills Team is a remarkable group of people from all walks of life who give their time to help a young man who suffered a brain injury in a car accident in 1990.

Bill Hawkins suffers from locked-in syndrome, which means he is aware of everything going on around him but is unable to speak and has extremely limited movement capabilities, which is why he requires daily exercise therapy that the volunteers provide.

The moving story of Bills Team inspired local filmmakers Terry Bleakley and Lisa Sharpe to make a 20-minute film, which recently won first prize in the documentary section at the Surf n Turf Film Festival held over Easter in the Richmond Valley.

Local singer Cody Butler, who recently performed at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, has also recorded a song about Bills Team after seeing the film premiere held at the Bangalow Hotel. And now popular Parramatta Eels centre Krisnan Inu has offered to be involved in the production of a TV ad to help raise more volunteers for Bills Team.

Bills Team has been around for 18 years and there are still some original team members, who share a laugh and a friendly atmosphere while chatting to Bill about whats going on in the outside world.

Volunteers are needed either weekly or fortnightly for just two hours. For more information phone Sharon Holmes on 6624 7512, email sholmes@aapt.net.au or visit the new website www.billsteam.com.au.

Bills Team is one of many local organisations that need volunteers to survive. If youre interested in volunteering and would like to find something that suits your lifestyle and interests, visit the Lismore Community Volunteer Expo on Thursday, May 15, at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre.

Non-profit organisations in the Lismore district that need volunteers for their service are invited to attend. For info phone 6621 7397.

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